It's a Sinkhole. It's a Meteor Hit. No, It's a New Parking Str - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

It's a Sinkhole. It's a Meteor Hit. No, It's a New Parking Structure. . .

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There's a giant hole in the middle of Bismarck.  It's not a sink hole, nor a meteor hit.  Rather, crews are digging down to build up.

A shortage of parking spaces has set cranes in motion.  Currently, downtown parking ramps can accommodate 1225 vehicles, but it's not enough.  There's a waiting list of 270 for those spaces.  This new parking structure is set to relieve the pressure by adding 489 spaces.

"While it's an expense and an inconvenience, certainly, to build a ramp with the disruption to the traffic flow in the downtown area, it's good news because it means there's a demand for parking and there's a demand for business," says Bill Wocken, Bismarck City Administrator.

The new parking structure will be located between Thayer and Broadway on Sixth Street.  The City says they expect the new parking to be available by August 2014.


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